Gravity Media Furnishes London’s WestWorks Production Facility With Custom Consoles

Custom Consoles announces the completion of control room desks and MediaWall monitor display supports for Gravity Media’s new production facility located in the WestWorks building adjacent to BBC Television Centre at White City, London. Occupying 50,000 square feet of the 290,000 square foot building, the facility includes live studios, production control galleries and editing suites.

Designed to handle on-site and distributed remote production workflows, the new facility is based around a fully fledged ST 2110 IP media fabric with a dedicated master control room, remote production breakout MCR, eight dedicated production control rooms with dedicated audio control rooms, multiple off-tube commentary booths, two studios with lighting and vision control facilities, fast turnround and craft edit, flexidesk production spaces, media management and client desking.

Largest of the Module-R desks are the Production Control Room 3 and 4 front desks, each spanning 5.7 metres with a four mix/effects vision mixer integrated across three of its 11 bays. Also 11-bays in width, the EVS-suite front desk is designed for use by up to five operators, it includes dual layer mounts for 32 inch and 21 inch monitor displays. The MCR desk is a 10-bay-wide unit, also configured for use by up to five operators. Each bay is equipped with a 6U high 70 degree sloping equipment pod and a computer monitor support. The EVS rear desk is an eight-bay four-operator unit version of the EVR front desk with similarly styled 4U equipment pods dual layer monitor display mounts.

The Broadcast Operations Control desk comprises eight bays in width with a6U high equipment pod above each bay. Production Control Rooms 5 and 6 are each equipped with a seven-bay desk. A vision mixer is integrated into bays 4 and 5.

The Flexible Control Room 1 desk is of similar design to PCR 5 and 6 but five bays in width with 4U high equipment pods over bays 1-2 and 4-5.

Of unusual design is the Video Control Room desk, comprising 11 bays in line with a 15U high equipment pod above each bay. Each pod is surmounted by a 21 inch video monitor leaving space for a 30 inch monitor bridging pods 1 and 2.

The Sound Control Room desk is a tailored-design 2.3 metre wide structure with a wing-shaped worktop supported on its left side by a 13U equipment pod. The latter is supplemented by a 6U high vertical-front equipment pod mounted towards the right of the desk.

The project also included MediaWall monitor displays mounts for the MCR, PCR 3, PCR 4 and BOC (5.2 metres wide supporting a 2 high x 4 wide grid of 55 inch monitors plus left and right side loudspeakers). 4.2 metre wide variants supporting 2 high x 3 wide 55 inch monitors were commissioned for PCR5 and PCR 6. The EVS control room is equipped with a 2 metre wide MediaWall supporting two 55 inch monitors, one above the other, again with side-mounted loudspeakers. A 1.9 metre wide unit was provided for the Sound Control Room, supporting two 43 inch video monitors side-by-side plus a lower-mid 24 inch display and side-mounted loudspeakers. FCR 1 incorporates a 2.65 metre wide MediaWall supporting two 55 inch side-by-side video monitors and wide-mounted loudspeakers.

Custom Consoles Module-R desks are designed to offer the greatest possible freedom of choice in terms of desk size, configuration and facilities.

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